The Monday after NFL Draft weekend holds one of my favorite traditions: way too early mock drafts that already begin to look ahead to next year.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
Look, I’m intrigued as anyone by Jordan Mailata, but the Eagles could go into next year’s draft looking for an offensive lineman. Hyatt considered going pro this year, and should be even better with another year of starting experience at Clemson.
First of all, this is wrong because the Eagles will obviously be picking at No. 32. again. I know Kadar used this year’s projected win totals for the draft order but I still had to point it out.
As for the pick itself, it could make sense. Jason Peters will turn 37 after this season. He might finally retire. It’s possible Halapoulivaati Vaitai steps up in his place but that’s not guaranteed. 2018 draft picks Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata are interesting development prospects who might end up being nothing in the NFL. It can’t hurt to continue to invest in the trenches and grab another bookend for the offensive line.
The 21-year-old Hyatt is listed at 6-5, 305 pounds. Clemson’s left tackle has made 42 starts over the last three years. He didn’t allow a single sack in 2016.
Other first round options for the Eagles next year could include wide receiver, safety, interior offensive line, running back, linebacker, or defensive end. The Eagles have a number of players set to be free agents after 2018 so they’ll need to restock their roster with premium talent.
Last year at this time, Saquon Barkley was a popular 2018 first round pick for the Eagles. He obviously ended up being way out of reach for Philly. The Giants, who desperately need a new quarterback, decided it was a good idea to take him at No. 2 instead.
My question for you: Which prospects do you have your eyes on for the Eagles next year?